THE FOOTLIGHT CLUB
An Improbable Farce in Three Acts
Directed by Joan Foran
Edith JOAN PURFIELD
Ruth MRS. EDWARD L. LAFFERTY
Charles EVANS SCHWARZ
Dr. Bradman AARON JACOBS
Mrs. Bradman SUSAN STEELE
Madame Acarti MRS. J. MARTIN WOODALL
Elvira ANN STEWART
The action of the play passes in the living-room of Charles Con-
domine's house in Kent
The time is the Present
SCENE 1 : Before dinner on a summer evening
SCENE 2: After dinner
SCENE 1 : The next morning
SCENE 2 : Late the following afternoon
SCENE 3 : Early evening. A few days later
SCENE 1 : After dinner. A few days later
SCENE 2 : Several hours later
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., N. Y.
MANAGEMENT OF THE PLAY
Production Manager and Who's Who Kay Mclntyre
Assistant Production Manager Margaret Mann
Stage Manager Barbara Keefe
Scenic Design, Set Construction and Crew .... Edmund Cardone, Chris Cardone
John Coolidge, Kenneth Sullivan, Joseph Fanning,
Patricia Mclntyre, Jay Stewart
Scenic Decor Mrs, F. Dennette Adams
Lighting Design and Special Effects Margaret Keiley
Lighting Crew Martin Landy, Michael Pavone
Sound Arthur O'Malley
Properties Ann Sullivan
Prompter Joanne Kane
Make-Up Mildred Adelson
Social Chairman Virginia O'Neil
Program Advertising Thomas E. Duffy
Publicity Mr. and Mrs. William Presley, Nancy Levy
The Club invites you to have refreshments in the William S. Parker
Room following the first act. Lights will be dimmed shortly before the end
Friday, December 7 — Mrs. Peter Leahy, Mrs. Ruth Bennett, Mrs. George
Burbank, Mrs. Joanne Conley
Saturday, December 8 — Mrs. Paul Kussman, Mrs. Virginia O'Neil, Mrs. F.
Dennette Adams, Miss Marjorie Maguire
Friday, December 14 — Mrs. J. Edward Keefe, Jr., Mrs. John Fletcher, Mrs.
Allen McEachern, Mrs. M. Durfee Mosher
Saturday, December 15 — Mrs. Paul Michalowski, Mrs. Albert Pavone, Mrs.
Arthur MacPherson, Mrs. John Forbes
Friday — Jane Foran, Betty Foran
Saturday — Ellen Kussman, Claire Kussman
Friday — Jeanne Michalowski, Patricia Mclntyre
Saturday — Susan Mclntyre, Cynthia Pavone
AT THE DOOR
Friday — Dr. Peter Leahy
Saturday — Paul Kussman
Friday — J. Edward Keefe, Jr.
Saturday — Paul Michalowski
JOAN PURFIELD (Edith). We welcome this diminutive miss to
the Footlight Club. An eager and interested actress, Joan formerly worked
with various Little Theatre workshops. We hope Joan decides to become a
MARGOT LAFFERTY (Ruth). An Off-Broadway performance in
Our Lady of Fatima is a highlight of Margot's stage career. She acted in
many productions during her school years, but retired, on marrying, to raise
three sons. We are happy that Margot decided to return to the boards in
a Footlight Club production.
EVANS SCHWA RZ (Charles). Ev's credits, as a member of the Milton
Players, include Linus in Sabrina, and Father Drobney in Don't Drink the
Water. He walked into the role of Charles when, attending our Bazaar, he
found the role open and won it. Welcome Evans.
AARON JACOBS (Dr. Bradman). Aaron is a newcomer to Jamaica
Plain and the Footlight Club, He not only acts, but is adept at all back-
stage work, having obtained experience while performing the duties of stage
manager and production manager with other Little Theatre groups. His
most recent on-stage appearance was as Keeney in Funny Girl with the
SUSAN STEELE (Mrs. Bradman). When this pretty brunette isn't
working as a representative for a cosmetics firm, she enjoys being on stage.
When she was a member of the University of Massachusetts Drama Club she
appeared in Oedipus Rex.
ALICE WOOD ALL (Madame Acarti). The incomparable Alice's
Footlight career started, believe it or not, in Yes Or No in 1942, and she has
been an invaluable member of the Club since then. Always on hand with
her own inimitable ideas, advice and charm, it just wouldn't be the Footlight
Club without her.
ANN STEWART (Elvira). Aaress, teacher, lecturer, mother, Ann
wears many hats and all with her own particular flair. She cried through
Hogan's Goat, purred through Plaza Suite, and trod lightly through Twi-
light Walk. Our Newton beauty is truly one of the Footlight Club's assets.
JOAN FORAN (Dirertor). Despite being the working mother of
six charming daughters, and the tireless chairman of our annual Bazaar, Joan
willingly agreed to direct our first production for this season. Previously
she directed Halfway Up the Tree, in addition to the Junior members pro-
duction of Visit to a Small Planet. Her list of roles in Footlight Club plays
is a measure of her diversity on stage. Her credits include appearances in
Night of the Iguana, Fumed Oak, The Women, and Light Up the Sky. She
has, in addition, planned and M.C.'d some great entertainment at Club meet-
ings. We are indebted to this lady of many talents and accomplishments.
And now a generous tribute to a devoted, tireless group of Little
Theatre enthusiasts who strive and "perform" unseen on the edges of the
stage so that a play may be presented.
We speak of those who place and operate the lights, who render
sound effects, control the stage properties, design and construct the set,
select or create appropriate costumes and provide the make-up of the
players. In addition, there in the wings betimes is the steady, loyal, unsung
prompter, who task is compensated by a devotion to the theatre, a love that
proves "the play's the thing." An almost endless list of duties is performed
by many such unsung heroes and heroines without whose work a play could
not be staged.
So, tonight as the theatre rings with applause for those who take
their bows, may these words be a warm, appreciative "bravo" for the efforts
of the unseen crew backstage.
Thomas E. Duffy